Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thomas Rowlandson: Old-Timey Master of Comedy

OK, so the guy passed away in 1827, but while he lived, he was one amusing guy. A caricaturist in the tradition of Gillray and Cruickshank, he etched some of the most fashionable sites in London and Paris. He skewered the wealthy aristocracy, depicting them as fat buffoons. He was awesome, I almost wrote my Masters thesis on him...I love this guy.

Here, in all of its glory, is "Exhibition Stare Case," 1800. Hysterical. Look at the dude at the bottom in the yellow pants. The out of control dog about halfway up. The old perverts on the left. Comedy gold. Who says the "good old days" weren't funny?

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